By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Saipan-- The CNMI government has revised its travel entry protocols in a bid to prevent the community spread of Covid-19, whose new cases are detected during travel screening.
"The safety of the residents of the CNMI remains the top priority of the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation," states a press release from the government.
The CNMI has reported a total of 265 Covid-19 positive cases since March 2020
Effective Sept. 24, unvaccinated inbound travelers originating from a Level 3 or higher jurisdiction on the CDC travel recommendations list are required to quarantine for seven days in a designated government facility if they submit a negative PCR test dated no earlier than 48 hours prior to arrival.
The length of quarantine will be 10 days for those who do not submit a negative PCR test dated no earlier than 48 hours prior to arrival.
Fully vaccinated travelers, regardless of travel origin, are still required to quarantine for five days in a government facility.
Any stopover 24 hours in a Level 3 or higher jurisdiction will count as a traveler’s origin. All travelers will still be tested for Covid-19 on arrival and on their fifth day in quarantine. Fully vaccinated travelers will be released after they test negative for Covid-19 on the 5th day. Unvaccinated travelers will be tested on their fifth day in quarantine, but will be released on their seventh day if they test negative and have submitted a negative PCR test dated no earlier than 48 hours prior to arrival.
Unvaccinated travelers who have not submitted a negative PCR test will be released on their 10th day if they test negative on their fifth-day test.
The CHCC may conduct additional PCR tests on the seventh or tenth day when deemed clinically necessary..